A particularly dodgy textbook

If you live in the UK and have any interest in politics, education or science, you’ll know that a minor kerfuffle has arisen over the apparent intention of some new free schools to teach a creationist viewpoint as some level of fact. Many people sensed the dark cloud of events in the US on our horizon: dodgy textbooks, partisan school boards, and a generation of children that have been ‘taught the controversy’.  The issue has received a modicum of coverage in the quality (and not-so-quality) press, a small storm of activity on Facebook and Twitter (and maybe Google+, who knows?), and even a petition to the government with a signatory count well into five figures.